Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
Where the audience is the choir!
It’s the first Big Sing of the new season! Conspirare collaborates with the Blanton Museum of Art to present the fall edition of the popular, free community outreach event where the audience is the choir. The fall Big Sing is presented in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475–1540.
In a nod to the featured artwork, the varied program will include German Renaissance-era music by Hans Leo Hassler, Johann Walter, and Martin Luther, as well as songs from other times and places. Conspirare’s acclaimed artistic director Craig Hella Johnson, the Texas State Musician for 2013, will lead the audience in singing together and the Conspirare Symphonic Choir will give a micro-performance.
Craig Hella Johnson leads each Big Sing gathering in vocal warm-ups and short, melodic songs that can be easily learned. As musical hosts, Conspirare Symphonic Choir members are among the audience to sing along and provide musical support and encouragement. Song sheets are provided.
Musical selections at Big Sings range from familiar rounds, spirituals, and Beatles songs to the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah and popular 20th century standards from the Great American Songbook. Johnson hand-picks music for each Big Sing to delight, thrill, and sometimes challenge the singing audience, always with remarkably beautiful and inspirational results.
The Big Sing is open to everyone, regardless of musical training and experience. Through a fun, no-pressure group singing experience, audience members learn basic vocal technique and sing as one with hundreds of others.
Admission to the Blanton Museum is free that evening. The Big Sing is only one hour long, but the galleries will be open until 9pm.
$4 parking for Blanton Museum visitors at Brazos Garage and Trinity Garage. Parking ticket must be validated by the Blanton. MORE + MAP
The Big Sing is supported by the Rachael & Ben Vaughan Foundation, City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, and Texas Commission on the Arts.